By: Atul Marwah, Chief Operating Officer – MENA, VFS Global
UAE, 22 May 2023: 2023 has been a year like no other with travellers eager to make the most of their opportunities to explore new destinations and cultures, and obtaining a visa is an integral part of international travel. To ensure a seamless and safe visa application experience, there are several tips you should keep in mind.
- It is essential to plan ahead and apply well in advance to avoid any inconveniences. Start by researching the visa requirements for your destination country well ahead of your trip. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and information ready before submitting your application. It’s also advisable to book your flights and accommodations in advance to avoid last-minute price hikes or unavailability. Keep yourself updated with the latest travel advisories and guidelines from both your home country and the destination country. With proper planning and preparation, you can make that long-awaited international trip a reality without any hassle or inconvenience.
- Timelines for visa processing are clearly outlined on the relevant Embassy/Consulate’s official websites. This information can be valuable in helping you prepare and apply for your visa well in advance. However, it is important to note that during peak travel seasons, such as summer holidays or long weekends, visa processing can take longer than expected. To avoid any delays or last-minute stress, it is recommended that you apply for your visa as early as possible. Schengen countries, for instance, accept applications up to six months ahead of your date of travel. This will give you plenty of time to gather all the necessary documents and ensure that your application is complete and accurate.
- Our Visa Application Centres require applicants to applicants to book an appointment in advance. It is recommended that you schedule your appointment well in advance of your intended date of travel as appointment availabilities and processing timelines can vary depending on the volume of applications received. VFS Global provides a convenient and hassle-free online appointment booking system for visa applications.
Appointments are available on the official VFS Global website and are free of charge. Be cautious of third-parties that claim to offer priority/expedited appointment booking services for an additional fee as they are fraudulent. Such entities should be immediately reported to VFS Global and the relevant Embassy/Consulate for further action. VFS Global does not charge a fee for booking appointments.
- If you’re planning to travel abroad, it’s important to check the visa requirements for your destination country on the VFS Global website which provides information on visa applications and processing timelines. Additionally, many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond your return date, so make sure to check the expiration date before you travel. By taking these steps and being prepared, you can help ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your visa application process is stress-free and that you are able to enjoy your international travels with ease and peace of mind.